Y Canberra is continuing to monitor the situation and is following ACT Health for notifications and procedures. Below is the current information shared by Australian Government Department of Health (1 February 2020):

There has been a significant change, today, in the measures Australia is taking to protect the community against novel coronavirus.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has noted the increasing (but still relatively small) number of cases in provinces in mainland China, outside of Hubei Province. As a result, the Australian Government has announced additional measures to protect the whole community against novel coronavirus.

For this reason, and in line with national health advice, we are taking a highly precautionary approach:

From 1 February, in line with national health advice

  • If you are a returned traveller from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), you must isolate yourself at home for 14 days after leaving China. This also applies to those who have transited through mainland China.
  • If you have had contact with any confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of your last exposure to the case.

Being isolated at home means that you need to stay at home for the full period, unless you need medical attention. You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, and should not use public transportation, ride share or taxis. Visitors to the home should be discouraged.

If you returned to Australia from Hubei Province, prior to 1 February 2020, the advice remains that you need to self isolate for 14 days from the time of leaving Hubei Province.

The Australian Government continues to closely monitor the evolving situation and our advice will be updated, as necessary.

The ACT Health Directorate has well established processes and procedures in place for the management of infectious diseases should they occur in the ACT and is working in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health and our jurisdictional counterparts to monitor and respond to the situation.

In addition to following the above advice, Y Canberra is continuing to:

  • Refresh staff knowledge of the Y Canberra Child Health and Wellbeing Policy (as attached) and providing a copy at all sites for parents/ guardians and participants to view;
  • Implement increased hygiene practices at all sites such as more frequent disinfecting of common touch points such as door pin pads and door handles; and
  • Increase stock at all sites of relevant products such as hand sanitiser and disinfectant sprays.

Y Canberra will continue to monitor and follow ACT Health updates as they are provided.

Y Canberra will provide updates as needed to our families, participants and community via email, Storypark and our website.

Please speak with your Director, Coordinator or Site Manager if you have any questions or concerns.